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Clean Your Toothbrushes Naturally

Clean Your Toothbrushes Naturally

Toothbrushes can be breeding grounds for germs. In fact, many people advocate throwing away and replacing toothbrushes every month. But that can get expensive, not to mention wasteful: Who needs landfills bristling with used toothbrushes?

So here are two simple methods for cleaning your toothbrushes, so you can get more mileage out of them and stay healthier in the process! Read the simple directions here:

1. Let your toothbrush sit for 24 hours after it has dried out. This means every family member needs to have three toothbrushes that are rotated, since most of us brush morning and night and the brushes never really have a chance to dry out.

2. Soak your toothbrushes in straight household vinegar every two weeks. Vinegar kills most molds, germs, and bacteria.

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By Annie B. Bond

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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4:41PM PST on Jan 6, 2013

Cheers Annie :)

4:45AM PST on Dec 5, 2012


10:05AM PDT on Oct 15, 2012

Isn't there some sort of gizmo that you can put your toothbrush in after each use to sanitize it? I don't have enough room on the bathroom counter for 3 brushes per person.

9:11AM PDT on Oct 15, 2012

Thanks for the great information!

5:34AM PDT on Oct 15, 2012

Sounds good! Also, just recently as I was rinsing my toothbrush, I decided to use a comb to remove a particle that wasn't rinsing out. I couldn't believe all the crud that was in the bristles! I had noticed there was some discoloration at the base of the bristles, but had no idea all that stuff was in there. After soaking it in Dr. Bronner's and combing it, it looks new again.

11:47PM PDT on Oct 14, 2012

Thanks for the info.

11:48AM PDT on Jul 4, 2012


5:08AM PDT on Jun 17, 2012

Thank you

9:56AM PDT on Apr 11, 2012

Thanks! I was also wondering if anyone knows of a plastic-free version of a toothbrush? I'd like to start cutting back on my petroleum products as time as goes on. PM me please!

10:23PM PDT on Apr 10, 2012

Very useful and easy to put into practice, i'll start right away! Thank you

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